New Year’s Resolution: Read More Books [Booklist]3 mins to enlightenment

Since graduating college, I find myself with more leisure time on my hands (how did I ever really survive the unpredictable, unforgiving college life??). Apropos with the recent new year, my goal is to read 25 books for 2015. Here are a few on my to-read list:

Japan and the Shackles of the Past by R Taggart Murphy

Japan and the Shackles of the Past by R. Taggart Murphy (Oxford University Press)

Why: To be honest, I’ve just finished reading the introduction and I’m already hooked. This book looks at the history that shaped Japan to the way it is today. It’s perfect for those of us trying to understand Japan on a holistic level, especially since a lot of what Japanese people find normal is very much idiosyncratic to the small island in the Pacific.


Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (William Morrow and Company, imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Why: This is one of those books that gained a lot of traction a few years ago, but I never got the chance to read it. The book boasts unconventional thinking from an economist, and how we can apply basic economic ideas to our lives. I have a small paperback sitting on my desk at work, which I’ll definitely pick up soon.


Malcolm Gladwell books

The Tipping Point, Outliers, and Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown and Company, imprint of Hachette Book Group USA)

Why: The first time I was exposed to Malcolm Gladwell was in my expository writing class in the first semester of college. While I disliked (very much) the class itself, I enjoyed reading the bits of Malcolm Gladwell we read. It’s always interesting to read this type of psychology books that analyzes general phenomenon. I don’t think I’ll read each of them in a row, but I’m sure I won’t regret reading any of these three.


The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (First edition published by George Allen & Unwin (UK); HarperCollins bought the publishing rights in 1990 when they acquired GAU)

Why: My inner nerd is ashamed to admit that I have yet to read The Hobbit. I can try to blame whatever and whoever I want, but this is one of those books that I have to commit fully to in order to enjoy it. The world that Tolkien creates is vast and intricate, nevermind the number of characters he introduces in his books. It’s been a while since I read a fantasy book, so I’m sure I’ll be immersed in no time.


The Starbucks Experience by Joseph A Michelli

The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary by Joseph A. Michelli (McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing)

Why: At first, I was anti-Starbucks. Why was such a hipster corporation so popular that it was mainstream? It just didn’t make sense to me, which was probably partially why I avoided the massive lines for a cup o’ joe. But after a considerable amount of reading into business case studies, I realized Starbucks was an absolutely amazing example of marketing gone right. I’m curious to see how Michelli breaks down Starbucks and its huge, international success.


And there you have it. These are just a few of the books I’m planning to read (I’ve actually set a goal for 25 books in 2015), but I hope that me sharing my list will help you get started on your own booklist!

Brain poke of the day: What books are on your to-read list for 2015? Let me know in the comments below. I may pick it up for my own list!

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3 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolution: Read More Books [Booklist]

  1. One that I think you’d like that would go well with this list: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. I have the audiobook version of it and it’s always been a good listen.

    I can’t really suggest too many others since my reading list is very heavy on fantasy fiction and most of mine are series of 3-7. I’m not sure you’d want to commit THAT heavily.

  2. Thanks for commenting, Jim. Funny you should mention that book, because I actually just finished reading it this past weekend! And I mentioned it briefly in a previous blog post while I was still in the middle of going through it. That was one of the more engaging books I’ve read in a while, so I wholeheartedly accept your suggestion as a sign that “great minds think alike”!

    And though I’m not quite ready to handle heavy series books, I always like hearing people’s suggestions. I personally keep a list of books (as a file on my Google Drive as well as on Goodreads) that I plan on reading in the future.

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